This is the chance to look back on a particularly memorable moment of triumph for a team. Looking back on the toughest losses is always hard, but I feel it's important to reflect on those. A lot of times, a person's character can develop more from a loss.
Top 5 wins
Tie-5) Girls soccer team v. Independent, Boys golf at home invitational
The soccer girls were starving for a win, and they finally got one, beating Independent 3-1 for their first victory of the season. For the golf team, Augusta beat El Dorado by 13 strokes to capture the Orioles' home title. Kesten Trebbe tied for first, and Trevar Bevan, Brock Keazer and Breck Winter placed in the top 10.
4) Softball team v. McPherson
The Bullpups hit two grand slams in the seventh to take a 15-11 lead. While in the on-deck circle, Katy Nordman calmly said she knew the Orioles would come back to win. And they did with a walkoff 16-15 victory. In the nightcap, McPherson rallied, but came up short as the Orioles won 15-13 for the sweep of the highest-scoring games of the season.
3) Football team v. Wellington
Trae Goken had 21 carries for 93 yards and two touchdowns, and Tristan Finch made a huge defensive play to stop Wellington and change momentum as the Orioles got their first victory of the season 14-6.
2) Boys basketball v. El Dorado
It was a third quarter for the ages. Kesten Trebbe popped three 3-pointers and converted a three-point play as Augusta made a furious rally by outscoring the Wildcats 35-7 on way to a 85-62 win. Connor Hurst had 26 points, Kyler Steinkamp had 16. Trebbe and Chase Winter had 15 apiece.
1) Girls basketball sub-state v. Wellington
Casady Marlnee made the play of the school year with her game-winning jumper to lift an Augusta team, which made drastic improvements the final month of the season, to an emotional semifinal victory.
Honorable mention: Boys soccer v. Mulvane The Orioles blasted the Wildcats early and often on way to a 7-0 blowout.
5 toughest defeats
5) Augusta wrestling v. Kapaun (dual)
The Orioles prided themselves on being a great dual team, and they probably should've beaten a tough Class 5A team in Kapaun, but the Crusaders handed Augusta's wrestling team its first, and only, dual loss in a 34-28 contest.
4) Girls basketball v. Abilene
The Orioles were down one point with 15 seconds left at home against Abilene. Augusta got three or four close shots in the paint, but couldn't get any of the baby jumpers to fall. Abilene made two free throws on the other end to win 32-29.
3) Boys soccer v. Andover
You know the game is marred by a bad call when even the refs admit to Augusta that they made the wrong call to allow Andover a penalty kick that decided an otherwise well-contested 1-0 match. The call came in the closing minutes.
2) Hill, Spainhower losses at State
Senior wrestlers Jacob Hill and Quentin Spainhower took tough losses in the consolation rounds at State. Spainhower especially had a heartbreaking loss in a 7-6 contest against Atchinson's Tyler Harris that was back-and-forth. Both Hill and Spainhower were a win or two away from earning a medal. Seniors Brett Hamilton, Jake Ehrlich and Cory White also had tough losses.
1) Softball v. DeSoto, state championship
They really seemed like they would do it again. Down 7-4 in the final inning, the Orioles loaded the bases with no outs in what, for sure, seemed like a comeback win in the making. Instead, the Orioles struck out twice and popped up in what turned out to be their first, and only, loss of the season.
Honorable mention: Football v. Clearwater The Orioles had a halftime lead evaporate when Clearwater scored a big TD run in the third quarter on a busted play. Augusta probably should've won that game.